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The Down Syndrome-Autism Connection™ is the only national organization dedicated to co-occurring Down syndrome and autism spectrum disorders (DS-ASD) in the United States. The Connection was founded by parents and professionals seeing a great need to reach out to families and individuals affected by DS-ASD. While we are headquartered in Colorado, we care deeply about your journey no matter where you live. In this age of accessible technology, we are able to support people from coast to coast, and even overseas. We are gathering a global community in support of those with DS-ASD.
If you are a parent wondering if your child (or adult child) may be affected by an autism spectrum disorder, we want you to know that you are not alone. Whether your child actually has a co-occurring diagnosis or not, we hope that you will find this website of great value as you search for answers and support. If you are a professional wanting to learn more, we are here for you, too! Please send us a message and sign up for our e-newsletter by clicking on the "Contact Us" tab above. Thank you for joining our DS-ASD community!
"Because we feel like we don't belong in either 'camp'. My son's peers with DS are so far ahead of him, and the kids with autism seem to function highly but have other issues. It's a whole other ballgame."
"It seems to me that when you combine the two, it becomes a completely different, new condition. You can't make any assumptions based on what you think you know about either condition. We all need to learn more about this co-occurring diagnosis. Thanks for trailblazing this important issue for my benefit as a therapist, as well as for the families I serve who feel really misunderstood."
"I'm so happy that I found you! I've needed you for 15 years!! I can hardly believe that I don't feel all alone anymore. I am truly so grateful. Thank you for starting this organization."
"We teachers need more information about our students with Down syndrome who are exhibiting signs of autism. We need to know how to provide better learning strategies and not just lean on what has worked well for other students with DS. The children I have had in my classroom with DS-ASD seem to have completely different needs and behaviors - some of them very challenging. We care and we want to learn how to help."
"Having a place where people 'get' us is so important. We don't have much of a social life. Friends are rare. Finding other families like ours is a lifeline I can't afford to lose."
"I think a lot of people don't understand...either they don't believe the two can exist together or they just don't think about all the implications of having both. It's easier to connect with others who have similar experiences."
"As I begin this journey, I'm so very grateful that there is a place that can encourage, support and understand us."
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We have been invited by the National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC) to co-host a specialized DS-ASD track (or DS+Complex Behaviors) at their 41st Annual Convention in Denver at the NDSC convention, July 19-21.
We are working hard to bring you first-class workshops and a first-ever opportunity to connect with families like yours from around the country and world!
Learn more and register today!
View the PDF of our DS-ASD Track PRE-CONFERENCE SESSION and other offerings.
We are in the midst of developing our first two affiliate groups, one in Massachusetts and one in Pennsylvania. We hope to have more information for you by the time the convention starts. Lots of activity going on behind the scenes so we can reach more families in a more personalized way! Contact us to learn more.
SAVE THE DATE! Our Inaugural T21 Road Rally™ will take place on September 7, 2013 in Denver, CO. Learn more about this EXTREME fundraising event!